Publisher: New American Library (NAL)
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Format: Trade paperback
Status: Sixth in the Chicagoland Vampires series, following:

Source: Received from the publisher in exchange for review.
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Shifters, other magical entities.
Other Info: There is enough Gabe in this book to keep me happy for dayyyyyyyyys. But probably only two of them.
Description and link from Goodreads):

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

WARNING:

This review includes major spoilers for books 1-5 in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

Without stopping to breathe, Biting Cold picks up the action where Drink Deep explosively left it off. Merit’s bestie, Mallory, made a shocking turn to the dark side with even more jaw-dropping results. Even as I was dramatically wailing over the death of one of the my favorite fictional best friendships, I was cheering because ETHAN WAS BACK!!! I mean, *scoffs* I knew he would be. I just didn’t know when. Or how far Ethan’s (temporary) death would set back his relationship with Merit.

I shouldn’t have worried. Chloe Neill is well aware that she can’t have Merit and Ethan walk the will they/won’t they line forever. And, she is one of those authors that realizes that the “prerelationship” (her word, not mine) isn’t the only phase that interests readers. The decision to commit doesn’t automatically solve all of a couple’s problems. (I’m so wise.) While Biting Cold will probably give readers a few frustrating moments, Ethan and Merit fans will no doubt be thrilled by the ending. Everyone, I hope, will at least be cheering that things do not stagnate.

Biting Cold‘s primary plot concerns Chicago’s former mayor Seth Tate, whom Merit has known since childhood. This was a relief to me, because the initial setup of the book suggested a rerun of the last half of Drink Deep. The grand reveal about Tate, and Merit saving Chicago once again, I could almost have done without. Though Merit doesn’t spend this installment chasing after Mallory, the outcome of her betrayal is very much a part of the story. The best bits–aside from Merit and Ethan trying to figure out what his resurrection means for the two of them, as much as it means for Cadogan–are Merit’s interactions with all the people she’s met since becoming a vampire. From shifter Jeff to sassy Lindsey, to the newly met Paige and even her erstwhile suitor, Morgan, it becomes apparent that, while Merit might have lost a best friend, but she’s gained a community.

For me, it’s rare to come across a series whose quality manages to match the number of volumes stride for stride. Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire books are one of those exceptions for me. So far, Neill has managed to imbue each installment of this series with something fresh, new, and compelling. It helps that her over-arching plot–GP’s displeasure with Cadogan House–never fails to add tension. As long as she keeps Gabriel in the mix, I’ll keep reading…

5 Matryoshkas: I would move in with this book.

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14 Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway: Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires No. 6) by Chloe Neill”

  1. Stephanie says:

    My favorite friendship is Rachel, Ivy and Jenks from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

  2. Rummanah says:

    Kate and Andrea from the Kate Daniels series. I love how they banter yet work well together.

  3. Jasmyn says:

    This may sound corny, but do you remember The Babysitters Club series from a long time ago. I always love the best-friendship they all had.

  4. Maria pronounced Mariah says:

    I love V & Butch from the BDB

  5. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great review! Ok… I confess… I didn’t read the review cuz I literally just got this series this week and I’m getting ready to start reading. Didn’t want to spoilers :) I know that I’m like the last person to read this series and I’m excited to finally get caught up!

    • erinf1 says:

      Oh and my fav friendship is Kate and Andrea from the Kate Daniel’s series by Ilona Andrews and Eve and Peabody from JD Robb

  6. Twisty J says:

    My favorite friendship used to be the girls in The Babysitters Club series! Ha. But, I am not really sure now…

    Thanks for the chance!

  7. Lacey T says:

    I love the friendship between Kate and Andrea from the Kate Daniels series!

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  9. bn100 says:

    The ones from Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series

  10. donnas says:

    Eve and Peabody and Kate and Andrea.

  11. Whitney M. says:

    Grace,Meg,and Bianca in Boycotts & Barflies.

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